BergeSeen Trail Stage 10

From Bad Ischl to the Katrinalm (3 hours)

From the tourism office of Bad Ischl (located in the landmarked Trinkhalle building immediately south of the parish church), the trail heads upstream along the Traun River. The route first arrives at the Elisabeth Bridge and then continues along the promenade passing Café Zauner. The trail continues along the Traun past the trotting track to the Traun Bridge. From there, the route veers right to the Rinden Chapel and right again along a narrow path which leads directly to the valley station of the Katrin Cable Car.

Hikers can either use the cable car to reach the Katrinalm or go on foot along the following route: The trail ascends through a meadow to the left of the cable car station. The path goes left above the AV-Kletterhalle (climbing hall) to a fork. Bearing right, the route continues to another junction. The trail heads uphill to the left to a new intersection. From here, hikers can go left and reach the Wildenstein Castle Ruins in a short amount of time.

Our route continues to the right along a flat forest road until reaching a new junction after 400 metres. The trail continues to the left along the so-called ‘Bilderweg’ through the forest until arriving at the ski run. The trail follows the ski run until reaching a forest road. The route ascends moderately steeply to the left along the Windengraben Forest Road. Soon the road curves can be shortened by way of narrow cut-through paths, and the trail finally reaches the end of the forest road.

The ascent to the mountain ridge is even steeper, and then along the southern side of the mountain, the terrain flattens as the trail leads to the Katrinalm (alpine meadow). From here, hikers have spectacular views of Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein Mountain.

From the Katrinalm to Weißenbach (2 hours)

From the alpine hut, the trail heads to the south, first descending straight down and then making a sharp left turn through the beautiful mountain forest. As the route descends, the path becomes wider and continues through a beech forest to a junction. The trail heads right in the direction of Weißenbach. Passing through the leafy forest along a beautiful path, the trail arrives at the first houses and then reaches a street which continues downhill into the Weißenbach community.

From Weißenbach to Goiserer Hütte (4 hours)

The trail follows the Soleweg path in the direction of Bad Goisern. After a few metres, the path comes to a salt house (Solestube) and turns right to ascend through the forest. The trail continues to ascend above the vertical cliffs of the Jochwand and then descends to a viewing platform with amazing views of Lake Hallstatt.

The trail continues right along a road to the houses of Obermuth and then heads left to a fork in the road. Keeping right along the access road, the trail quickly reaches the Hochmuth farmstead and then heads straight ahead uphill to the forest’s edge. The route begins the ascent of the mountain ridge. After an initially flat terrain, the trail starts to climb more steeply upward to the Pramesbergerrast peak (approx. 1330 metres, shelter available). The trail continues to moderately ascend along a beautiful path in a sparse forest eventually reaching the first huts of the Schartenalm alpine meadow. It then continues to the left over flat mountain meadows to the Goiserer Hütte alpine hut, which provides spectacular vistas.

Note for hikers
"Salzkammergut Soleweg"
Hallstatt - Steeg section closed
Steeg - Ebensee open

Dear hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers, the "Salzkammergut Soleweg" between Hallstatt and Ebensee am Traunsee remains closed in sections. This means in detail: The path from the Salzberg (name of the mountain) in Hallstatt to the Bad Goiser district of "Steeg" is currently closed. The duration of the ban is not foreseeable. Please do not climb over the barrier. Walking on the path is life-threatening due to recurring rockfalls!

Steeg - Ebensee open

Good news for hikers: the path from the Goiser district of "Steeg" to Bad Ischl and on to the Traunsee to Ebensee is freely walkable.

Alternative Routen

If you would like to hike from Hallstatt to Bad Ischl, we can recommend the "East Bank Hiking Trail". Take the ferry to Hallstatt train station, then continue on foot on the trail in the direction of the Bad Goiser district of "Untersee" and from there in the direction of "Steeg". From here you will reach the "Soleweg". The walking time for this section is about 3 hours.

We hope you enjoy hiking in the Salzkammergut

Your Editorial Team

Many prominent figures have explored this region: nobles like Archduke Johann and Empress Elisabeth, scientists such as Friedrich Simony, poets and authors like Nikolaus Lenau, painters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, musicians and composers such as Johannes Brahms. Did they ever think that hiking in the Salzkammergut might have no end? That they could tramp from one lake to the next and then onward to yet another? Day by day along the shores of crystal-clear waters? Week-long excursions through quiet valley forests, over sunny alpine meadows and up mountains fuelled by the anticipation of the next destination? Further information…

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

Warning: Closed trails
Better to know before you go

Hiking trails in the Salzkammergut can be closed for various reasons. To help you prepare for your hike, we have set up a page with current road closures in the region. This will help you get to your destination without any detours or stress. Click here to visit the page...

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